My Vintage Louis Vuitton Bucket Bag

When my mother migrated to this country, she worked as a cleaning lady to wealthy people. One of the ladies that she worked with, clean her closet out ever so often and she would pass down clothes, shoes etc to my mother. One day when she was spring cleaning, she threw this Louis Vuitton bag in the donate pile. My mother happened to be there that day and the lady pulled the bag out of the donation pile and gave it to my mother. She told my mother that it was a very expensive handbag and that she should keep it. She tried explaining to my mother that it was a luxury item but my mother didn’t quite understand how expensive this bag was.

Fast forward to a few years later, my aunt (which was in a much better financial position than my mother) asked my mother where she bought her bag. My mother told her the story and my aunt told my mother how expensive the bag was. After living in this country for a few years and obtaining a better understanding of luxury items, my mother finally understood what her former employer had tried to explain to her. From then on, my mother took better care of the purse and only wore it on special occasions.

Fast forward to my teenage years, I begged my mother for this bag but she was not having it. My mother treasured this bag dearly and honestly, I understood why. Selfishly however, I wanted the bag so badly. My sister and I would hound my mother for it and even fought over who should get the bag. August 05, 2015 was the day that I graduated from college and that was the day my mother gave me this bag.

This bag means more to me than a simple fashion statement. It means all the struggles that we went through and all the things that my mother went through in order to be able to provide us with a better life in this country. My mother has gone through a lot of ups and down in her life and she rarely was able to buy herself something nice because we simply could not afford it. This bag represented the only nice thing of value that she had as a young mother with three children so I will forever treasure it because it meant to her more than I will ever know.


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Plaid + The Houndstooth Mini

Happy Late Thanksgiving to all of my US folks! I hope you enjoyed spending time with your families, eating, drinking and eating some more. I spent a very quiet Thanksgiving with my husband and dog. We ordered takeout and did our own thing. Since moving away from home, my husband and I decided not to cook this year. It logically makes sense because we have different diets and essentially did not want to deal with leftovers. I’m only forward to Black Friday sales but only online. I’ve done the mall more than once on a Black Friday and I am over it. The hassle of finding parking, the crowded mall AND dressing rooms and all the other annoying things that come with it. Are you doing online shopping or headed to the mall? Let me know in the comments section below.

Outfit Details

I am all about mixing patterns as of late and today I bring you the houndstooth and plaid version. I did not purposely set out to mix these two but I really wanted to wear this top. I knew I didn’t want to wear it with trousers because I wore it like that for work already. Perusing through my closet, I “stumbled” across this skirt ( it was actually hanging in the “black hole” section of my closet) and I immediately knew I wanted to wear it with this shirt. This outfit instantly gave me that 70s vibe and to complete the look, I added these cutout booties. It was pretty cold out so I wore it with this comfy blazer and my hand-me-down LV bag. I wrote a short story about this Louis Vuitton bag and will be releasing this Saturday so stay tuned for that piece.

Top: Talbots $4.00 // Coat: Eddie Bauer $4.00 // Thrifted Total: $8.00


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Shoedazzle Cut-out Booties, similar here and Louis Vuitton Bucket Bag, similar here

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Vintage Talbots Side Pleated Plaid Chiffon Blouse, similar here

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Eddie Bauer Wool Blazer, similar here

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The Loft Houndstooth A-Line Mini Skirt, similar here

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